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2010 Mac Pro beachballing/freezing

My machine is a 2010 Mac Pro 2 x 2.66 6-core intel xeon with 32 GBs of ram running Mac OS X 10.8.3. Just the other day it started to beach ball after about an hour of use. It doesn't make any ...
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5Gb of RAM being used with NO software running?

My computer (brand new) was using 12 Gb of RAM so after I was done exporting my video I force-quit everything and 8 minutes later it's still using 5Gb or RAM, is this normal?! It seems like so much! ...
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iPhone 4 restart when the lock button is broken

My iPhone 4 suddenly just crashed and turned itself off - without any Message. I've tried to plug it in to my PC, but I can't get my iPhone to power up. The Apple logo appears for about 3 seconds, and ...
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HD failure - recovery possible if system can't see drive?

I've got a 2.5" SATA HD in an enclosure, plugged into a Mac Pro (trying to see if I can use Data Rescue II to recover anything). Unfortunately, my system is not seeing the disk, either in Disk ...
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Is it okay for a brand new 13" MacBook Pro Retina to not sit flat?

So I've got this new 13" MacBook Pro Retina... a beautiful machine by all accounts! Here's the thing though: It doesn't sit flat. As in, if you put it down on a flat surface, all four of the rubber ...
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Were the 2009 MBP's affected by the NVIDIA problem?

I am considering purchasing a mid 2009 Macbook Pro - 13", 2.53 GHz. However, someone advised me to beware of the NVIDIA graphics card problem they had in 'that time frame'. As I understand, the ...
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27" 2009 iMac screen occasionally freezes (mouse still moves) after upgrading RAM and SSD

I have a 2009 iMac that has been working fine (but slowly) until now. I decided to upgrade the hard drive to a 500 GB Intel SSD (MZ-7TD500BW) and put in 16 GB of RAM (PNY Optima PC3-8500). I've ...
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Macbook Pro 2011 Heat Problems

This is more a general enquiry into whether I should be concerned, but I have a 2011 Macbook Pro 13" and over the last week and a half I have noticed the left side of the case (power point, QWE keys ...
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The audio jack of my iPhone keeps cutting out

When I'm trying to listen to something on my iPhone, the audio keeps cutting out. I've had this problem quite a bit lately and there seems to be a sweet spot where it doesn't cut out. It also means ...
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Has Apple fixed the iPhone 5 sleep/wake button problem?

There is a well-documented design and/or materials defect in at least some iPhone 5 devices that causes the sleep/wake button (sometimes also referred to as the "lock" button or "power" button) to ...
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Transfer RAM from MacBook Mid 2010 to MacBook Pro 2008

I ruined my beloved mid 2010 MacBook and planning to get a used MacBook Pro 2008 (not unibody) now. Currently, I have 2x4GB memory units in my MacBook and I would like to now if I can use at least one ...
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iPhone switches to speakerphone when away from my face

Since this morning I think, when I'm on a call and move my iPhone away from my face a bit, it seems to automatically switch to Speakerphone (the voice can be heard out loud) and it shows the number ...
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Why is the % saved only displayed for some refurbished products?

I was browsing the listing for the refurbished iMacs and noticed that some of the items explicitly state how much is being saved while others do not. While it is easy to calculate the savings ...
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Replacing rubber spring/cup under Tab key cap

To make a long question short: What's the proper way to replace a rubber spring (inverted cup-like thing) under a keycap, specifically the Tab key on a unibody design MacBook Pro or Air? Details: I ...
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Black Screen after installing RAM in MacBook (early 2008)

I've tried installing 2 x 2gb DDR2 PC2-6400 modules into an early 2008 MacBook. After installation the machine booted into a black screen, with no chime. I tried reseating the RAM, same problem. I ...
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OS X breaks if I apply HFS compression to the whole volume. What do I need to exclude?

OS X breaks if I apply HFS compression to the whole volume. (It won't boot.) What do I need to exclude? I've been able to compress large parts of it, but then I had to restore after I compressed ...
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USB Port of Macbook frequently stop working

One of the two USB ports of my Macbook Pro stop working frequently. Once I reboot the computer, then two USB ports work well. But one of them (always the same one makes the problem) stops working. I ...
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How does an iOS device keep time when it is out of power?

My iPhone is always running out of battery. However, when I power it back up, the time is still in perfect synchronization. This begs the question: "How does it keep time when it is out of battery?" ...
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Can software cause the home button to stop working on iOS?

I have a new (2 months) iPhone 5 and it just froze in the "settings" app. Everything on the phone is controlled with the round button at the bottom, when I press it nothing happens anymore. Can this ...
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Making a micro MacBook Air (headless)

Here's a project I've been desiring for a while. Hopefully this is not too off topic. I'd like to take a MacBook Air, remove the case, screen, battery, speakers, keyboard, basically everything. I ...
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How can I fix this pixelated Macbook Pro display malfunction?

My Macbook Pro (Core 2 Duo - 2007) has seen better days. When I try to start, it simply boots to this odd pixelated image of the Apple start screen: I can only imagine that this is a display issue, ...
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Specify the resource a virtual machine has

I am using a Mac having this: I have installed VMware Fusion, in one virtual machine Ubuntu has been installed with this ressource: And here is what is displayed in System Monitor of Ubuntu: ...
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Can a 2009 MacBook Pro use more memory than Apple's 'maximum RAM' figure of 8 GB?

I have a 2009 MBP with 8GB of RAM. I run Windows under Parallels pretty much all the time (I use Visual Studio for work). I recently installed an SSD to speed it up a bit and its running beautifully. ...
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MacBook Pro only stays on for less than a minute

This morning when I woke up my computer it turned off itself. Now it won't stay on for more than a couple minutes. The computer will boot up normally, but soon it turns off again. When it turns off, I ...
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How to see which CPU is on the current macine?

I'm looking on the Safe Cflags on the Gentoo Wiki, and I want to figure out how to see which CPU is on a specific machine. On Gentoo I see you can get this with cat /proc/cpuinfo but on Mac I ...
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Why would a large transfer to a USB drive take longer than expected?

I am backing up 225 GB to a Western Digital USB 2.0 hard drive but this seems really slow. Any ideas on what I could do to make this transfer faster? It's saying it will take seven hours and it is a ...
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I'm in Peru and having battery problems and electric shock issues with my new MacBook Air

I purchased this MacBook Air in late 2012, found that the initial battery life was more than six hours in the US, then came to Peru. Peru runs on 220, and most everywhere that I am, the electricity is ...
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Electricity coming through screws, USB, and headphone jack on 2009 MacBook

I've seen some online threads and at least one StackExchange question on this, but the answers don't seem to apply to my situation. I have a 2009-vintage white 13" MacBook that's always been in great ...
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Macbook pro 13 2012 (HD4000) 8GB(1600 Mhz) single RAM stick issue

I have a Apple Macbook Pro 13" 2012 IvyBridge HD4000 Model which came with 2GB x 2GB RAM. I Recently bought a single stick of 8GB RAM 1600Mhz (which is compatible). Gskill 8GB DDR3 FA-1600C11S-8GSQ ...
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Is frequently toggling airplane mode on/off harmful to iPad hardware?

I want to try to save my iPad batteries, so I turn on the airplane mode when I don't use the iPad during the day and at night. I could toggle airplane mode on/off for more than 12 times in a day. Do ...
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Two Laptops Sitting on top of Eachother

Yesterday, my dad's older Macbook Pro was on the fritz (graphics issues), so he switched to using his newer one. He set the newer one on top of the old one, and it resisted to boot up, even when we ...
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Connecting a displayport monitor to my Mac Mini (late 2012) using the Thunderbolt port what is the max resolution?

I have a 27" ASUS PB278Q display equipped with a display port, the monitor has a resolution of 2560x1440. If I connect to my thunderbolt port using a mini displayport to displayport cable will it ...
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Can I replace my internal drive with a 320+ GB memory stick instead (MacBook Pro 13" c. 2009)

I'm currently only able to see my internal HDs for my MacBook Pro 13 c. 2009 by attaching them to a USB adapter cable external to my laptop. Drives are great - but either logic board or something ...
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Spilled vinegar on iPhone earpiece

I spilled a drop of balsamic vinegar on my iPhone 4S near the earpiece. Now, call volume on the internal speaker is very low. How can I clean the earpiece out?
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Mac Hard Drive Testing Tools and SMART Analysis

How good is SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) for really finding and predicting drive problems for regular hard drives and now, for SSDs. From what I understand, different ...
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How safe is it (and what precautions should I take) if I want to transport my Macbook from class to class?

So, last week my hard drive died. I took it to a repair shop, and the person said the hard drive died. I asked why, and he says it just happens (even though my Macbook Pro is only 1.5 years old). ...
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iPhone 5 Lightning to USB Cable - Is it safe to use replicas? [duplicate]

I need to buy a Lightning to USB cable for my iPhone 5. In eBay you can find replicas for one third of the price. Do you know if these can ruin your phone? If I use an original power adapter, a ...
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Are non-Apple lightning cables and power transformers safe to use?

I need to buy an Apple 12W USB Power Adapter for my iPhone 5. In eBay you can find replicas for one third of the price. Do you know if these can ruin your phone? I am more cautious about a third ...
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Is there any way stop my Apple trackpad from rotating?

My Apple trackpad seems to rotate counter clockwise (I am right handed) through my use of it over the day. This happens several times normally during the day. It never used to do so when it was new ...
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How can I restart an iPhone 4S with a broken lock button and frozen springboard?

My springboard has frozen and the lock button is broken (two months out of warranty and it's not classed as a hardware failure). How do I restart the phone given that I can't access any apps or ...
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Will this hard drive work with my 2009 15 macbook pro unibody?

Western Digital WD Scorpio Black 750 GB SATA 3 GB/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 2.5-Inch Mobile Hard Drive i need to know if this hard drive will work with my computer? I have 8 GB of ...
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Can I put a 7200 RPM hard drive in my MacBook Pro?

I have a 2009 15" unibody MacBook Pro. It came with a 250GB, 5400 RPM hard drive. Will a 7200 RPM drive make it overheat? I have read somewhere that putting a 7200 RPM hard drive in the MacBook Pro ...
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Graphics-Card and the Mac Pro

I'm considering to buy a Mac Pro (or wait till mid 2013 because of the update of the Mac Pro lineup). What i'm concern about is: How is the support for graphics card under OS X Mountain Lion? I've ...
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What are the requisites for RAM in a MacBook?

I've just purchased my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) (it's not the retina model where RAM is fixed) and I'm considering more RAM. On the system information app, I found this info. BANK 0/DIMM0: 2GB ...
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Reinstalling clean system on faulty hardware? Suggestions

I have a faulty MBP 17' Late 2009. I can sell it for spares & repairs on ebay for quite a lot as I've found but it has a lot of sensitive data on it and I'd like to return it to a base system. ...
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2nd gen iPod Touch with a faulty screen, home button, or both?

I have an 2nd gen iPod Touch which has something wrong with it. The screen does not work unless I hold both the Sleep and Home button for a few seconds. The screen then lights up as normal and I could ...
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What are the regulatory requirements that will halt the sale of the Mac Pro in Europe?

As noted today on MacRumors Apple to Halt Mac Pro Sales in Europe Effective March 1 Over Regulatory Requirements However they fail to mention the specifics of why it fails to meet "Amendment 1 of ...
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Screen dark except when brightness is stepped off of zero

As shown in this video, the screen is dark, except at the few first steps when the brightness is moved just out of zero. The notebook works otherwise perfectly fine. The image on the external monitor ...
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Is there any neglible impact on USB read/write speeds using MBR/NTFS vs. GPT/HFS+ in OSX?

I have a 3 TB External Hard-drive, however, it was previously used with a Windows desktop and uses an MBR partition table and the single partition is using NTFS. As a result, I've been using various ...
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Diagnosing Unrecognized Hard drives

I have a macbook pro 13 late 2011. My setup: i have a HDD in the main bay for my files, and a SSD in the optibay with the OS on. The other day i received the message randomly out of the blue which ...